Engage K-12 and higher education students and faculty in a dynamic academic experience focused on K-16 policy, practice, and research.


  • Students: Diversity, learning, and an emphasis on all aspects of the student experience, from connection to completion.
  • Program Quality: Maintaining, growing or creating quality programs, with an eye on innovation and adaptability.
  • Collegiality: Integrity, transparency, and mutual respect in interactions and communications.
  • Partnership: Internal and external collaborations to strengthen our viability and serve our stakeholders.

Our Programs

Principal Certification

In addition to our Ph.D., Graduate, and Leadership Certificate/Minor programs, we are proud to offer a Principal Certification Only program for those who have a master’s degree and want to move into school leadership and administration.

ELPS Admissions

Click the button below to learn more about our department admission policies.

ELPS Faculty and Staff Directory

To learn more about the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, visit our Faculty and Staff Directory.

Crisis Resources for Education Professionals

The department's Center for Educational Research Policy and Practice has prepared an online resource sheet to support and assist school leaders with long-term responses during crisis events. These resources are designed to aid students, teachers, staff, administrators, and leadership.

ELPS Special Project and Scholarship Fund

To make a gift to our ELPS Special Project and Scholarship Fund, click the button below and select "ELPS Special Project and Scholarship Fund."

Field Resources, and Policy and Guidelines for Professional Dispositions